Covina and St. Francis lose heartbreakers in Friday’s football championship games

Covina runs out of magic: One week after surviving a shootout and knocking off the top seed, Covina High’s football team lost in a shootout to Katella in the CIF Southern Section Division 11 championship game, 55-49, on Friday in front of an estimated 6,000 at Covina District Field.
It was Katella’s (13-1) first championship in school history, and stopped Covina (11-3) from winning the school’s seventh title and first since 1995.
With the game on the line and facing fourth-and-7, Covina rallied to the the score 49-49 on Nin Burns II’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Tristan Sprague with 2:24 left.
But Katella hurried the ball down the field and scored the game winner on fourth-and-goal with Miles Poland bullying his way in from 3 yards for the game-winning score with 22 seconds left.

Late kick foils St. Francis football’s title hopes: It took St. Francis 53 years to make it to a CIF Southern Section championship game. It’ll have to wait at least another year to win one.
Luis Santiago connected on a 47-yard field goal on the final play of the game to give Rancho Verde a 44-42 win over St. Francis in the Division 3 final Friday night.
Rancho Verde sophomore quarterback Brock White was absolutely sensational as he completed 22 of 37 passes for 510 yards and two touchdowns.
The rushing attack for the Mustangs was solid as well as they rushed for 191 yards.It’s the first championship for Rancho Verde since 2011.

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